Games Keep Randomly Crashing/Freezing

Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver A Lannister Always Pays His DebtsHear Me RoarRegistered User, ClubPA regular
Hey I'm trying to troubleshoot this problem. A little background

Recently my graphics card completely died. It would just display the screen on integrated graphics and with lines everywhere. A friend sent me a replacement card, a GTX 770. I had a little issue getting it set up, but for the first few days things were fine.

Now I will randomly freeze/crash whenever I play a game. The game itself will crash or freeze, and then it will be fine for a while before randomly doing it again. Sometimes it'll happen twice in 30 minutes, other times I can go for hours without anything happening.

I've tried reinstalling the drivers and moving the card to a different PCI slot, neither seemed to work. I'm kind of at a loss at what to do now.

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  • ElvenshaeElvenshae Registered User regular
    Do you have a spare power supply around?

    Also, how's your heat situation?

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    If you directly connect to the onboard GPU (assuming you have an Intel CPU), can you keep playing without issues (albeit at lower quality)?

    Based on your post, I'm making an assumption your card that died was a AMD card? I could be reading too much into the post though.

    Also yes on above. Can you try tightening down the screws on the CPU cooler?

  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver A Lannister Always Pays His Debts Hear Me RoarRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Elvenshae wrote: »
    Do you have a spare power supply around?

    Also, how's your heat situation?

    The computer didn't seem to running pretty hot when I opened it up to switch ports a minute ago.
    Mugsley wrote: »
    If you directly connect to the onboard GPU (assuming you have an Intel CPU), can you keep playing without issues (albeit at lower quality)?

    Based on your post, I'm making an assumption your card that died was a AMD card? I could be reading too much into the post though.

    Also yes on above. Can you try tightening down the screws on the CPU cooler?

    The dead card is a GeForce 760. The replacement card is a GeForce 770. And tighten the screws on the CPU cooler? I am not I can do that.

    And when I was running integrated graphics I wasn't having these issues, but also I couldn't see half of the spell effects necessary to play the games I was playing.

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  • JaysonFourJaysonFour Classy Monster Kitteh Registered User regular
    Maybe something went fucky with your drivers and stuff. Have you doublechecked their integrity and the graphics files of the games you're playing?

    Also, maybe it's something with your drive?

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver A Lannister Always Pays His Debts Hear Me RoarRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    JaysonFour wrote: »
    Maybe something went fucky with your drivers and stuff. Have you doublechecked their integrity and the graphics files of the games you're playing?

    Also, maybe it's something with your drive?

    It's every game across multiple publishers, and I've tried reinstalling the driver three times now.

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  • ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    Use DDU to remove all the display drivers installed, listed, hidden, broken, or anything else hanging out on your computer, then install the drivers fresh.

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  • OricalmOricalm MDRegistered User regular
    Elvenshae wrote: »
    Do you have a spare power supply around?

    Assuming the card takes a 6-pin connector, if you have a spare connection (or replacement cord) from the PSU I'd change that and see if it's any better. Also, I'd suggest you see if you can get something to monitor voltage.

    If you can't swap the power cord, and the DDU thing that Shadowfire recommended doesn't work, I would take a good long look at swapping out the power supply and see if that helps.

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver A Lannister Always Pays His Debts Hear Me RoarRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Shadowfire wrote: »
    Use DDU to remove all the display drivers installed, listed, hidden, broken, or anything else hanging out on your computer, then install the drivers fresh.

    Ok I did this and the good news is that shit stopped crashing all the time, it just locks up for about .5 seconds or so at a random times.

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  • BlindZenDriverBlindZenDriver Registered User regular
    How much power does you PSU deliver. If you machine was just born with the onboard graphics then maybe the 760 was just within what the PSU could support and the 770 is slightly above what is completely stable.
    What the exact minimum is depends on what else there is in your system and also some PSU's a more capable than others despite the specs listed being the same - a 500 watt PSU seems to be consensus on whats the minimum.

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  • discriderdiscrider Registered User regular
    Have you checked whether there's updated drivers on the manufacturer's website for your card?

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver A Lannister Always Pays His Debts Hear Me RoarRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    discrider wrote: »
    Have you checked whether there's updated drivers on the manufacturer's website for your card?

    Ironically, using more up to date drivers causes games to completely crash as opposed to lock up for .5 seconds.
    How much power does you PSU deliver. If you machine was just born with the onboard graphics then maybe the 760 was just within what the PSU could support and the 770 is slightly above what is completely stable.
    What the exact minimum is depends on what else there is in your system and also some PSU's a more capable than others despite the specs listed being the same - a 500 watt PSU seems to be consensus on whats the minimum.

    I don't know the specs of my power source, it's been years since I built this thing.

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    I'm leaning more and more towards the PSU being the problem.

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  • BlindZenDriverBlindZenDriver Registered User regular
    I don't know the specs of my power source, it's been years since I built this thing.

    Open the box, there will be a label on the PSU telling you what it is.

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